The number of children being treated for addiction to tranquilisers has doubled in a year, to more than 300, according to Public Health England.
The drug Xanax, and copies of it, accounted for the sharpest rise – from eight children receiving treatment in 2016-17 to 53 in 2017-18.
Ambulance services around the country have also reported a growing problem.
In 2017-18, more than 15,500 children had help for substance misuse, 88% for cannabis.
The total number receiving treatment was 5% down on the previous year,
What is Xanax?
Xanax is the brand name for the drug…